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 Document Authentication for use in China

 Authentication

Documents originated in your country must be legalized by the Chinese Embassy or Chinese consulate in order to be used in China. This process is called document authentication. 

Step 1:Apply for a Background Check

United States

You can obtain a background check from a local, state or national (FBI) organization. Generally, the local police station is the fastest, while the state police may take a couple weeks. If you are overseas or your employer requires it, you can get an FBI background check. Here is the link to more ifo about FBI Background Check ( https://www.edo.cjis.gov/#/). If you reside overseas or need to expedite your FBI background check, we suggest to use a Channeler.

Canada

To apply for a background check through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, go to http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/criminal-record-checks . You do not need the national level check for teaching in China. Make sure that your criminal record check is dated within 6 months from the time you apply for your work visa. You can also apply whether you are residing in Canada or overseas.

UK

You can apply for criminal background check at a local police station or apply for the Basic Disclosure here https://www.mygov.scot/basic-disclosure/apply-for-basic-disclosure/. If you are overseas, it may be easier to apply for the Criminal Record Check by ACRO at  https://acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspxa

Australia

You can obtain a background check through your local police station or through the Australian National Police at www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/services/criminal-records/national-police-checks

New Zealand

You can obtain a background check through your local police station. To apply for a national police background check, go to https://www.justice.govt.nz/criminal-records/get-your-own/

Ireland

Irish people must submit a Police Certificate from the Garda. CRCs must have an issue date that is within 6 months of the applicant’s visa application date. Police Certificates usually take 30 days to process, so it is very important to order their checks when your recruiter tells you to. You can get information on obtaining a Police Certificate at  https://www.garda.ie/en/

South Africa

It takes at least 30-60 days or longer to get the background check , You can obtain a background check through the South African police department at https://www.saps.gov.za/services/applying_clearence_certificate.php

Step 2:Get your documents authenticated.

1: TEFL certificate /2 years related teaching experience reference letter    

2: University degree 

3: Background check

 

Getting your documents authenticated is a three-step process. We have specified the steps for each country below.

United States

1: Have your documents notarized by a local notary. They do not need to notarize the original. It is acceptable to get a notarized copy of the document. However, you will need to show the original to the notary.

2: Get your documents certified by the Secretary of State. All documents must be certified by the Secretary of State’s order tramadol overnight shipping office in the state where the document was issued. They will verify the notarization received in step 1 and put a seal on the notarized document. If your documents are issued in the following states, Washington DC, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming; you will need to get your documents authenticated by US Department of State.

 

3: Get your documents authenticated by Chinese Embassy/Consulate after completing step 2. For this step, if you do not live near the Capitol City and/or near a Chinese consulate, it will be more affordable to use a visa agent. We provide service with low price, ---Link

Canada

1: Have your documents notarized by a local notary public, lawyer or Commissioner of Oaths of Canada.

2: The notarized documents need to be authenticated by the Authentication and Service of Documents Section of Global Affairs Canada, if the applicant would like to authenticate the document at the Embassy. The notarized document shall be authenticated by the authentication office of the corresponding territory.

 

3: The document shall be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy if it has been authenticated by the authentication of the Global Affairs Canada. If the document has been authenticated by one of the local authentication office, then it should be authenticated by the Chinese Consulates in accordance with its consular jurisdiction. it will be more affordable to use a visa agent. We provide service with low price, ---Link

UK

1: You need to get your documents notarized by a public notary in the UK.

 

2. After the documents have been notarized, you must take them to get authenticated by the Foreign Commonwealth Office. The FCO will attach an apostille to your documents after verification.

 

3: Once your documents are apostilled (authenticated) by the Foreign Commonwealth Office, take your documents to the Chinese Embassy to receive the Chinese authentication. If you need assistance in authenticating your documents, or reside overseas, We provide service with low price, ---Link

Australia

1: Get your Non-Criminal record, Education degree and TEFL certificate have them notarized by notary office/notary public

 

2: Take it or send it to Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for legalization or certification

 

3: Contact the nearest Chinese Consulate/Embassy in your home country to get the legalized document authenticated

New Zealand

1: Get your Non-Criminal record, Education degree and TEFL certificate have them notarized by notary office/notary public

 

2: Take it or send it to the New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for legalization or certification

 

3: Contact the nearest Chinese Consulate/Embassy in your home country to get the legalized document authenticated

Ireland

1: Get your Non-Criminal record, Education degree and TEFL certificate have them notarized by notary office/notary public

 

2: Take it or send it to the Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for legalization or certification

 

3: Contact the nearest Chinese Consulate/Embassy in your home country to get the legalized document authenticated

South Africa

1: Get your Non-Criminal record, Education degree and TEFL certificate have them notarized by notary office/notary public

2: Take it or send it to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation ( Republic of South Africa)  for legalization or certification

3: Contact the nearest Chinese Consulate/Embassy in your home country to get the legalized document authenticated

Step 3:Get notification of work permit

Once all of your documents are authenticated by the Chinese Consulate/Embassy, send scans of these documents to your employer. They will apply for your work permit which usually takes 14 business days. It’s important to tell your employer which Chinese consulate you will apply for your work visa. ONCE YOU YOUR EMPLOYER STARTS THE INVITATION LETTER, you cannot change the Chinese Consulate location.

Step 4:Z visa application

Once your visa letter is issued, your employer will mail you your notification of work permit along with supporting documents. Take those documents, with your visa application, passport, and passport photo to the Chinese Consulate or mail them to your visa agent.

Do not worry of the complicated process as Leading ESL team is always there to assist you along the way. Do not hesitate to contact your Leading ESL team if you have any questions.

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